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This is a discussion on American Racing or Kooks? within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Looking at buying LT's with emissions and a catted Y-pipe its come down to either american racing or kooks. Anyone ...

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    American Racing or Kooks?

    Looking at buying LT's with emissions and a catted Y-pipe its come down to either american racing or kooks. Anyone who owns either have some feedback, and how is the quality of the cat and Y-pipes?

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    Either.

    I went with Kooks, but either brand is great!

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    either are great. KOOKS at the moment are a bit backed up with order on F-Bodies.

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    I went with Kooks on our car. Very well made with an especially nice collector assembly. I had to nip the K-member just a touch to get the driver side header up in and then fiddled a bit with the catted Y to get the best clearance from the underbody.



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    My american racing headers just came in almost 2 weeks ago....very pretty

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    both are fantastic headers, next time around ill be going with ARH...pacesetters dont quite cut it anymore

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    Both are of great quality, can't really lose with either one.

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    Thanks for the info guys hopefully I'll be ordering some soon from either company.

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    there the same thing with slightly different collectors.....the people that own american racing headers used to work for kooks. one day everyone that worked there got into a big argument, half the people stayed at kooks half made a new company called american racing......just to give you an idea of how similar they are

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    Quote Originally Posted by A_New_Level00 View Post
    Thanks for the info guys hopefully I'll be ordering some soon from either company.
    I have Kooks and have no complaints.

    Make sure to contact Mark who posted above for your purchasing needs. Great prices.

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    Both great headers, ARH has the better collector design on the header and y pipe..hp differences are minimal if any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    I went with Kooks on our car. Very well made with an especially nice collector assembly. I had to nip the K-member just a touch to get the driver side header up in and then fiddled a bit with the catted Y to get the best clearance from the underbody.


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    Did the driver side y pipe come flattened like that or did you do that for clearance?

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    why dont you buy both sets. then the ones you least like you can just give to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vertiviper View Post
    Did the driver side y pipe come flattened like that or did you do that for clearance?
    Driver side is flattened for clearance straight from Kooks. But, compared to the stocker, it has a positively huge cross section.

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    I have Kooks 1 7/8 and ORY. they tuck up nicely.
    ARH flattens their y-pipe in that area too. I like ARH's y-pipe merge better then Kooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    I have Kooks 1 7/8 and ORY. they tuck up nicely.
    ARH flattens their y-pipe in that area too. I like ARH's y-pipe merge better then Kooks.
    Yes it's much nicer! QTPs are nice also. Their the same quality but with a nice polished finish. They use a catted y with a flowmaster merge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    I have Kooks 1 7/8 and ORY. they tuck up nicely.
    ARH flattens their y-pipe in that area too. I like ARH's y-pipe merge better then Kooks.
    Mine aren't flattened, and i've never come across any ARH y pipe that's flattened. ?

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    I know I've seen pictures of it...let look around...
    I was talking about the catted y in comparison to PaJeffs, maybe its just the catted y's with the flatten pipe. here's one I've seen.


    heres another

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    I know I've seen pictures of it...let look around...
    I was talking about the catted y in comparison to PaJeffs, maybe its just the catted y's with the flatten pipe. here's one I've seen.
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    heres another

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    Gotcha, in that case I think you may be right. I have an ORY..that may be the difference.

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    I went with KOOKs too....

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